Most reviewed: Something to Tell You

<p>Hanif Kureishi&rsquo;s new book was widely covered on last weekend&#39;s literary pages, beating other new titles to the &quot;most reviewed&quot; spot (29th February to 2nd March).<br /> </p><p><em>Something to Tell You </em>(Faber) is &quot;about love, death, loneliness, celebrity, orgies, incest, pornography, murder--the usual stuff, in fact&quot;, wrote Jane Shilling in the <em>Sunday Telegraph</em>. The narrative was &quot;artfully constructed reverie&quot;, with &quot;mordant side-excursions into contemporary politics&quot;. &quot;There is a plot twist or two too far towards the end&quot;, she added. &quot;But these are minor blemishes in a novel that describes with such elegant seriousness the fear of ageing, the inanition of pleasure, the survival of love, the longing to understand and be understood: all the melancholy fascination of being &#39;no longer young, and not yet old&#39;&quot;. </p><p>John Sutherland, in the <em>Financial Times</em>, was also effusive: &quot;Hanif Kureishi has written a subtle and strikingly topical novel.&quot; He praised the author&#39;s &quot;sure finger on the pulse of &#39;multiculturalism&#39;--the topic that current newspapers and politicians handle so clumsily&quot; and pointed out that &quot;<em>Something to Tell You </em>has much to tell us and does it extraordinarily well&quot;. </p><p>Tom Gatti in the <em>Times</em>, meanwhile, thought &quot;some subtlety of flavour is lost&quot; in Kureishi&#39;s all-inclusive approach, although the result was &quot;never bland&quot;, and the <em>Daily Mail</em>&#39;s Michael Arditti lamented the lack of &quot;a single engaging character in the book&quot;.</p><p>Stephen Abell in the <em>Daily Telegraph</em>, however, found that <em>Something to Tell You</em> had &quot;some serious artistic problems&quot;. &quot;A novel has to be more than a list of things or attributes, what feel like shorthand notes for a better effort to come,&quot; he explained. The novel is &quot;literally, a scrap book of a middle-aged man&#39;s existence. Hanif Kureishi, sad to say, has nothing more to show us than that&quot;.</p><p><strong>Most reviewed (29nd February to 2nd March)</strong></p><p><em>Something to Tell You</em> by Hanif Kureishi<br />(Faber 9780571209774 &pound;16.99)<br />&quot;Artfully constructed reverie&quot; <em>Sunday Telegraph</em><br />&quot;Subtle and strikingly topical&quot; <em>Financial Times </em><br />&quot;Complex, but engaging&quot;<em>&#8200;Mirror</em> <br />&quot;Many of the relationships lack conviction&quot; <em>Daily Mail </em><br />&quot;Kureishi thinks about a hell of a lot of stuff&rdquo; <em>Times</em> <br />&quot;Ugly prose describing an ugly world&quot; <em>Daily Telegraph</em><br /><em><br />The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth </em>by Frances Wilson<br />(Faber 9780571230471 &pound;18.99)<br />&quot;An elegant, psychologically astute and original book&quot; <em>Observer</em> <br />&quot;Finely judged&quot; <em>Sunday Telegraph</em> <br />&quot;Sensitive and astute&quot; <em>Sunday Times</em> <br />&quot;Compelling&quot; <em>Times</em> <br />&quot;What this new study identifies, skillfully and brilliantly, is a sad contrast between the heart-stopping sublimity that Dorothy finds in common things and the appalling heaviness of what is left unsaid&quot; <em>Daily Mail</em><br /><em><br />Nothing to be Frightened Of </em>by Julian Barnes<br />(Cape 9780224085236 &pound;16.99)<br />&quot;Inventive and invigorating&quot; <em>Financial Times </em><br />&quot;Barnes&rsquo; clinical approach tends to reduce other people to extensions of himself&quot; <em>Observer</em><br />&quot;The coldness that pervades his writing is perhaps genetic&quot; <em>Sunday Times</em> <br />&quot;A random collection of thoughts&quot; <em>Sunday Telegraph </em><br /><br /> </p>